News For Your Week Ahead: December 10, 2021

This week, Rob Smith of Point7Seconds discussed what to expect from his upcoming Microsoft Lists webinar on December 16, 2021.

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Coming Up: On Thursday, December 16 at 10 a.m., Marc Reibman of USB Payment Processing will talk about the special perks the company has to offer MSATP members.

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IRS Issues Guidance Regarding the Retroactive Termination of the Employee Retention Credit | IR-2021-242

The IRS issued guidance for employers regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was enacted on Nov. 15, 2021, amended the law so that the Employee Retention Credit  applies only to wages paid before October 1, 2021, unless the employer is a recovery startup business.

Notice 2021-65 applies to employers that paid wages after September 30, 2021, and received an advance payment of the Employee Retention Credit for those wages or reduced employment tax deposits in anticipation of the credit for the fourth quarter of 2021, but are now ineligible for the credit due to the change in the law. The notice also provides guidance regarding how the rules apply to recovery startup businesses during the fourth quarter of 2021.

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IRS Seeks Applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee | IR-2021-244

The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

The ETAAC is an organized public forum for discussion of issues in electronic tax administration, such as prevention of identity theft and refund fraud. The committee supports the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most convenient method of filing tax and information returns. ETAAC members work closely with the Security Summit, a joint effort of the IRS, state tax administrators and private-sector tax partners to fight electronic fraud.

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Most Retirees Must Take Required Minimum Distributions by Dec. 31 | IR-2021-245

The IRS reminded retirement plan participants and individual retirement account owners that payments, called required minimum distributions, must usually be taken by Dec. 31.

Required minimum distributions (RMDs) generally are minimum amounts that retirement plan account owners must withdraw annually starting with the year they reach 72 or, if later, the year they retire. However, if the retirement plan account is an IRA or the account owner is a 5% owner of the business sponsoring the retirement plan, the RMDs must begin once the account holder is age 72, even if they’re still working. RMD amounts not timely withdrawn from accounts may be subject to penalties.

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Security Tip For Tax Pros: Remember to Safeguard EFINs | Tax Tip 2021-182

Tax professionals are prime targets for criminals. These criminals not only want to steal client data, but also the professionals’ data, such as their electronic filing identification numbers.

A thief who breaches the data of just one tax return preparer can get their hands on lots of other data. In fact, they can get personal info on hundreds or even thousands of people.

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